How to Sing a Sad Song Without Crying
When you're acting in a show, crying can be a powerful tool to help the audience feel your sincerity. When you sing, however, crying can make it hard for the audience to understand the words you're trying to communicate. For some performers, crying while singing can even be embarrassing. Learn how to sing a sad song without drowning in tears.
The process of eliminating tears will require you to deeply engage with the song. From time to time, it will also be good for you to take breaks and come back to the song later. Don't just try to get quick results. Take advantage of this opportunity to learn about yourself.
Cry it out.Find a place to be alone. Sing through the song and don’t bottle up your feelings. Suppressing the urge to cry will just prolong your pain. Take the time to sing to yourself, being fully present in how you feel. Let the tears flow freely, and spend as much time doing this as you need. You may need a whole day, or even several days to get it all out. Treat the process with the same sincerity as you would a true grieving process. You deserve it! If you don’t invest time in releasing your intense feelings, they will continue bothering you when you perform.
Let it wash over you.Take a break from singing and just listen to the song. If you can access other recordings, listen to as many versions of the song as possible. If no recordings are available, record yourself singing it once and just listen to that recording. Embrace the emotions that come over you as you listen. As intense or time-consuming as this process may be, your reward will be a deep insight into your emotional self. This will not just help the tears subside; you will likely start to heal from serious pain you still carry from past experiences. This will aid you on your quest to greater resilience.
Sing it over and over.Sing the song and allow your emotions to manifest themselves as they will. If you are still crying at this point, don't fret. The sting will lessen with time. In the meantime, you will learn how to sing through your crying. This skill will rescue you in emergencies when you get emotional during performance.
Do something else.If after cycling through these steps you still don’t feel better, do something else. Take out the trash. Go for a walk. Work out at the gym. Talk to a good friend. Volunteer at a soup kitchen. Take a bubble bath. Do anything to get your mind off the song. A lively activity followed by relaxation could do wonders for you.
Meditate and draw.When you're ready to sing the song again, take some time to imagine yourself doing so successfully. Close your eyes and imagine yourself performing the song. Visualize yourself doing so successfully. What do you sound like? What do you look like? What do you see around you? Take note of as many other details as you can. Act like a little kid and draw what you see. Let your right brain indulge in this sensory experience.
Try again.By now you have let yourself cry it out, think deeply, take a break, and reflect about your experience. At this point, you have hopefully taken the edge off the pain you used to feel when singing this sad song. Go ahead. Sing it again and see what happens.
Rinse and repeat.If your attempt to sing still makes you bawl, don’t give up. Repeat these steps in whatever order helps you the most. If your efforts seem futile, don’t be shy about seeking professional help. There may be unresolved issues that need addressing—not just so you can get through the song, but so you can live a happier life.
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